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Seema Sirohi

Seema Sirohi is a foreign policy analyst currently based in Washington. She has worked for The Telegraph (Calcutta), Outlook and Ananda Bazar Patrika in the past, reporting from Geneva, Rome, Bratislava, Belgrade, Paris, Islamabad and Washington on a range of issues. Author of Sita’s Curse: Stories of Dowry Victims, she has been a commentator on BBC, CNN and NPR.

Jun 22, 2014

Iraq unrest: Why India needs to worry about the ISIS

India must also consider the fact that Pakistani militants and possibly retired soldiers are fighting in Syria and Iraq after Saudi Arabia turned to Islamabad for help following Washington’s refusal to get actively involved in the Syrian conflict. #Afghanistan #ConnectTheDots #Iraq #ISIS #Middle East #Narendra Modi #Nouri al-Maliki #Pakistan #Saudi Arabia #Saudi Wahabis #Shia #Sunni #Syria #Taliban

Apr 1, 2014

Why Nancy Powell’s exit can help India-US rebuild relations

US ambassador Nancy Powell’s resignation is the first real indication that Washington has woken up and is starting to smell the “chai.” #Devyani Khobadgade #diplomacy #India #India-US Relations #Nancy Powell #United States

Dec 9, 2013

How I grew up with the ‘unbreakable’ Nelson Mandela, sitting miles away

I just want to reminisce about growing up with “Mandela.” His name was a plank on which we rested many fond hopes for a better world. He always seemed solid. Unbreakable. #African National Congress #anti-apartheid struggle #InMemoriam #Nelson Mandela #South Africa

Aug 26, 2013

Why there’s no real jaan in Manmohan Singh’s US visit

The PM will have a nice visit, no doubt, with the right amount of cheer and goodwill but there is no real jaan in it #Civil Nuclear deal #Hydrofluorocarbons #India #OnOurMind #US #Westinghouse #World

Aug 19, 2013

Why is US giving Pakistan weapons to be used against India?

In the context of the recent continuous tensions on the LOC, it is useful to take a hard look at the unhealthy US-Pakistan relationship of dependence, if only as a reminder of how some things never change. #Coalition Support Funds #General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani #India #Nawaz Sharif #Pakistan #ThatsJustWrong #US #World

Aug 9, 2013

Exclusive: S Jaishankar to be India’s next envoy to Washington

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has acknowledged that truth and assigned S Jaishankar to be India’s next ambassador to the United States, a man he thinks can stem the drift in Indo-US relations and inject new energy, FirstPost has learnt. #Ambassadors #Bilateral ties #China #Embassy #envoys #foreign relations #Indo-US relations #S Jaishankar #Washington

Aug 7, 2013

Why India simply has to strategically shelve Pakistan

Americans will object on Pakistan’s behalf but surely they understand India can’t keep absorbing attacks from both sides – in Afghanistan as on its Jalalabad consulate and along the LOC. #Afghanistan #HowThisWorks #India #Pakistan #Poonch #US

Jul 29, 2013

Not just Rajnath Singh: Why are Indian politicians disastrous in US?

The failure cuts across party lines. If you have BJP leaders who should read their speeches in Hindi with simultaneous translation rather than in English, you have Congress Party leaders whose pomposity can give you nausea. #BJP #Congress #diplomacy #HowThisWorks #India #Rajnath Singh #United States #Washington

Jul 17, 2013

FDI reforms: The US must now act its part out

Will the new measures do the trick, stop the bleeding and attract investments quickly? Not really. The reaction from US companies and business associations is one of continued skepticism. They want to wait and watch. They consider the moves as a case of too little too late. #ConnectTheDots #Defence #FDI #foreign investors #India #Insurance #telecom #US

Jul 9, 2013

Osama bin Laden and the failure of the Pakistani state

The exhaustive 336-page report is a strong indictment of the entire government machinery – from the all-powerful ISI and the military to the lowly beat policeman and revenue officer. #Abbottabad #Bin Laden #ISI #OnOurMind #Osama #Osama bin Laden #Pakistan #United States